Tottenham reach EFL Cup semi-finals as star ends goal drought in style

Date published: Wednesday 23rd December 2020 7:24 - Samuel Bannister

Tottenham booked their place in the Carabao Cup semi-finals after seeing off the challenge of Stoke with a 3-1 win.

Looking for their first trophy under Jose Mourinho, Spurs took another step closer to Wembley by overcoming Stoke at the Bet365 Stadium.

Tottenham took the lead in the 22nd minute. Gareth Bale, playing in the competition for the first time since 2012, flicked an aerial pass from Harry Winks into the net with the back of his head.

As well as being Bale’s third goal of the season, it marked Winks’ first assist for Tottenham since 2017

A chance came for Tottenham to double the lead when Harry Kane slid in Dele Alli, but Andy Lonergan saved the latter’s effort with his feet.

It had been something of a stroll for Spurs in the first half, with Stoke yet to have a single shot. However, they soon sparked into life in the second half.

Stoke found an equaliser in the 53rd minute. Utilising a pocket of space on the left-hand side of Tottenham’s defence, the ball arrived with Jacob Brown.

The attacker sent in a low cross across the face of goal, with Jordan Thompson arriving on the end of it to tap home.

Tottenham regain lead in style

Tottenham found themselves back in front in the 70th minute. The ball fell to Ben Davies, who struck it into the far bottom corner from outside the box.

It was Davies’ first goal for Spurs since 2017 – and he chose a brilliant way to score it.

Son Heung-min thought he had doubled Spurs’ lead when he finished after being set up by Kane. However, he was judged to be offside – although replays suggest he was unlucky.

Instead, it was Kane who provided the knockout blow to Stoke. As the game entered its final 10 minutes, the striker latched onto a pass from Moussa Sissoko and then muscled off his marker and fired in to make it 3-1.

There was to be no way back for Stoke, so Tottenham advance to the last four.

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